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I played the first set of this CM remaster alongside set 2 of my old CD, and there is no question the CM set sounds better. With the Spring '90 box set releasing all of the Knickerbocker run, Dosin' really is an obsolete recording (all the more considering this Miller board is still available on the archives!). I guess the cover art, with that hallucinating deadhead kid, is still a fun way to 'identify' this show visually...
Set 1 - Let the Good Times Roll starts us off in an almost-cinematic fashion, the final acappela vocal sending us over the cliff, right into H>S>F - love when the band sets up a set this way! Loser is indeed special, and its omission from Dosin' is positively unbelievable. Jed > Saturday Night is certainly an unusual way to end the set, but it sets us giddily up for what's to come...
Set 2 wastes no time, starting right into the suite with Playin'; its the Mind Left Body (Mud Love Buddy?) jam that makes it for me - wow....someone here on the archives likened that jam to a "phoenix rising from the ashes" - couldn't have put it better.
Drums > Space here is very special for me, maybe due to the sheer number of listens I had given disc 2 of Dosin' back in the old days - I really do think its my personal favorite of all the D>S sequences I've ever heard, and that's a lot! It almost sounds electronically pre-programmed, and you have to remind yourself this shit is LIVE - Mickey and Billy really do try for serious structure and almost-compositional technique. Instantly identifiable.
Post-space is good, not amazing, but keeps us on a steady course - Watchtower has Jerry ripping things to shreds as usual and Stella makes for a nice, late-set ballad.
All of the '90 Knick run is special, and there are all kinds of various forms you can enjoy these shows. As long as they're letting us listen to Mr. Charlie's magic here on the archive, go for this one.
Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia -
Subject: WAY Better than Dozin'
Why don't they ask us for OUR opinion before they release this stuff? THEY LEFT OUT LOSER for Pete's sake...and the mix on this recording of Desolation Row is far better than the one that appears on _Postcards of The Hanging_.
This recording blows Dozin' at the Knick out of the water, leaving only the flotsam of now- useless jewel cases...
Subject: Intent....Passion...and CM Mastery
How can you give this less then 5 stars? One of the last great shows from beginning to end during the the last great run with Brent.
This band could play . When they took the stage this tour it was with intent . They were together at this point for almost 11 years . Far longer then any other GD roster . At a good show there would be a sense of one-upmanship between Garcia and Weir . A great show would have the Billy and Micky locked in and Phil dialed in . A show with the hard earned Gold Star has everyone listening to each other , and a wowza set list . We have a Gold Star show here folks . This and 9 -19 -90 were the best shows I had the privilege of seeing . Sonically , A Charlie Miller Masterpiece
This is one of the few GD shows I listen to most of the whole show . The first seven songs in set one are home runs , back to back to back.... Even Walking Blues . All are A list quality . ( TJed and OMSN aren't for me .) Set two left me in an wonderful state of contentment , spent and blissful . Highlights are the MLBJ ( psychedelic pop in all its glory ), my fav Wheel ( I love the intro ) and NFA ( unhooked from Throwing Up and jammed out properly ). Best show for dancing I have ever been to . The halls were filled with all types of heads , freeking freely . It was wild . A must have show .
Subject: Better than Dozin' at the Knick
I own Dozin' at the Knick and never listen to it. I much prefer listening to this show. The first set cuts are especially better than those at Dozin. Very solid 1990 show.
edgehead 2 -
Subject: Hey Sugar....
Hey...Bobby's sayin' "Come on, Georgie!" as in the president not the state. Not sure why but i always found "Come on, Ronnie!" even funnier. Maybe it's really both:
R: "Well Georgie, should we see the Dead tonight?"
G: "Wouldn't be prudent, not gonna do it."
(spring '90=the shit)
Subject: Knickerbocker Arena?
Ok, I was just listening to OMSN and I could have sworn Bobby said, "come on Georgia!". Is this an Atlanta Omni showed or was Bobby a thousand or so miles off the mark when he said that?
great Franklins, by the way.
Great show. Excellent remasted matrix by the wizard Charli Miller.
rick e. -
I went to this show and the next 5 and they were all great
Subject: Official Release Left off the BEST SONG
This is an excellent CM upgrade (what else would you expect?) of an excellent 1990 show best known as the official release "Dozin' at the Knick."
Only problem is they left off from that CD THE single best song from the show: LOSER, which is why you should listen to this if for no other reason.
This and 7/22/84 Ventura are simply the 2 BEST versions of the song the Dead EVER did. Period. Give a listen and you'll see.